Batteries combined with photovoltaics are providing power for a Covid-19 pop-up clinic at the Matamoros Migrant Camp of 3,000 asylum seekers in Mexico near the Texas border, according to an article on the Energy Live News website.
A non-profit organization, Footprint Project, helped built the microgrid to supply a clean energy microgrid to power the camp’s first mobile medical intensive care unit (ICU).
The pop-up ICU provides 20 beds with both diagnostic and treatment medical equipment and a system to deliver temperature control for the two-tent clinic.
The microgrid provides power while avoiding producing fumes such as those generated by diesel or gas generators, which would serve to further exacerbate the respiratory condition of patients already struggling to fight off Covid-19 infections, the article said.
A microgrid combines a variety of energy sources while managing energy supply and demand. During an emergency, a microgrid can continue to supply the hospital with power when the surrounding grid goes down, according to a Microgrid Knowledge article.